When I was ten years old I lost my father to alcoholism and smoking. My parents were divorced due to my father’s extreme addiction and violent bipolarism. My mother did her very best to shield us from his negativity, and she did very well because thankfully my memory as a child has many positive moments. My mother is still a single parent and raising me and my younger sister with the motto that manners and good decision making will take you a long way in your life. I to this day believe in that motto and live by it.
During high school I worked at Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales, Arizona as a Teen Health Facilitator. I was one of two teens in Santa Cruz County with this job. My job consisted of giving and creating presentations on health issues such as tobacco, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, sexuality, contraception, teen pregnancy, nutrition, diabetes, and much more. I mainly educated teens but I also educated young children and adults. My favorite group to teach was the inmates at the juvenile detention center, since they were at risk youth I got to give them the knowledge to change their lives for the better. As well every summer we hosted the Summer Youth Institute which is an eight week program that educates twenty four teens, from Santa Cruz County, on health issues and certifies them to be teen advocates. I held presentations during that program and helped coordinate outside presentations.
Working at the clinic is what opened my eyes to public health. I chose public health as my major due to my father’s passing, my passion to help others, and my wonderful job as a Teen Health Facilitator. The obstacle I had to overcome was to make terms with that I cannot change everyone. With my experience at the clinic I had to utilize the frustration that came with people that would not apply the information that was given to them. Over time I accepted this and just do my best so I can give everyone the chance to make better decisions.
Graduating with a degree in public health will be a huge stepping stone in my life because it is then that I will be able to focus my life on prevention. As well being the first in my family to graduate from college is also a huge reason I will cherish my degree. I want to be a good example for my little sister and cousins. Earning this degree means the world to me and I want to put my knowledge to good use so I can make a difference in the world.
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